Roby Helm: DAWSONVILLE, GA – Phil and Judy Santie of Malden Speedway in Malden, MO were named the 2012 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Promoters of the Year on January 12 at the Annual NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Awards Banquet at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.
Under the Santie’s ownership, Malden Speedway was one of the original NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series tracks when the series was formed in 2006. Phil and Judy Santie helped the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series with their Westward expansion in recent years. Malden Speedway also hosted a NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division event in 2012.
“Phil and Judy Santie always went out of their way to make the competitors, officials and fans of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series and Weekly Racing Series feel welcome every time we came to Malden Speedway,” NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Director Roby Helm said. “They always provided a great place to race with a fast racing surface and a facility that the community can be proud of.”
It was bitter-sweet for Phil and Judy Santie when they came to the stage to accept their NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Promoter of the Year Award, as they announced their retirement from race promotion.
“Judy and I have reached a point in our promotional career where it isn’t getting any easier to work the long hours it takes to properly get the track ready each week, and we have made the decision to retire from race track promotion and put the track up for sale,” Phil Santie said. “This has been a labor of love for us, and we have always put a lot of pride in the track. We’ve enjoyed it, and we’ve enjoyed working with the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series and its competitors through the years. We are hopeful someone will buy the track and keep going what Judy and I have started.”
NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series officials are also hopeful a buyer for Malden Speedway will be forth coming and keep the sanction going at Malden Speedway in the years to come.
“We appreciate everything Phil, Judy, their family and staff have done at Malden Speedway, and made it the place to go for affordable high-speed family entertainment on Friday nights in the Missouri Bootheel,” Helm said. “We sure are going to miss Phil and Judy Santie as race track owners and promoters, but they will always remain special friends. We share their hopes that someone will buy this great race track and keep their tradition of hospitality and great racing alive.”
Two Malden Speedway regulars in the 2012 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model Division placed in Top 10 of the series’ National point standings. The 2012 Malden Speedway NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model Champion Robby Moore of Brosley, MO finished eighth in the National WRS point standings and Kyle Berry of Portageville, MO finished tenth in the National standings.
Many Top 10 drivers in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division and NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series that came up to accept their awards thanked Phil and Judy Santie for what they have done at Malden Speedway. That list included the top two NeSmith Chevrolet WRS drivers Chase Washington of Houlka, MS and Mickey Trosclair of Luling, LA.
Both Washington and Trosclair traveled many miles to Malden Speedway to decide the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series National Championship, and the track would play an important role in deciding the closest and most exciting point battle in the history of the NeSmith Chevrolet WRS.
But it was Moore who would pay the biggest tribute to Phil and Judy Santie for going the extra mile to help him through the years with his dirt late model racing career.
“Phil and Judy Santie went out of their way to help me early in my racing career by opening up the track for me during the week so I could get some much needed practice,” Moore said. “I probably wouldn’t be standing here tonight as a NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Top 10 driver if it wasn’t for the help they’ve given me through the years. I appreciate everything they’ve done, not just for me, but for all of the racers at Malden Speedway.”
Phil Santie said anyone interested in purchasing Malden Speedway can give him a call at 573-281-0116 to obtain details about the facility.
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